The dates for this year's retreat are Thursday, August 1st through Sunday, August 4th. I have ten hotel rooms blocked off for these three nights (THURS/FRI/SAT) for the IQers. Two of these rooms have a single KING bed and the remaining eight rooms have two QUEEN beds. The rate will be the same as this year's rate ($91.99) - but still a bargain considering what they usually charge for the rooms. The conference room is reserved for us those three days (Thurs/Fri/Sat) and we are even allowed to sew on Sunday (at no charge) since we are never sure how long the last quilter(s) will be staying on Sunday!
This year's charity project is a 'FIDGET QUILT" Please make it approximately 24" x 24" (and NO MORE than 36"x36"). SENSORY is an important factor when making a fidget quilt. Here's an opportunity for you to use up some of your orphan blocks. Enhance your quilt blocks with zippers, beads, bobbles, buttons, keys, rick rack, lace, ruffles, doilies, velcro, small jingle bells, or whatever else you can think of that might keep their hands busy. (Attach the beads with ribbons and sew the ribbons into the seams for durability.) Different textures of fabrics such as corduroy, velvet, fake fur, etc. are a good idea as well. TACTILE is an important goal to keep in mind when constructing these 'Fidget Quilts'. You can even add a pocket---complete with a small stuff animal tucked inside with a ribbon attached to the animal so if it falls out it can be easily retrieved! It will be exciting to see the variety of quilt blocks & techniques used in these completed fidget quilts! I imagine we'll see a lot of creativity going into these charity projects! Can't wait!
***For our LCR game you will need to bring three 2 1/2" strips. One strip is to be BLACK on black, one strip is to be WHITE on white, and the final strip is to be a strip of BRIGHT tone on tone fabric.
***Remember to bring your NDTS (No Darker Than Sand) blocks so Diane can swap them out for all who participated: Tressa, Janice, Sandy, Jackie O, Marcia, Lynne, Diane, Marybeth, Nancy, Joyce, Linda, and Karen. You need to make twelve 12" blocks (12 1/2" unfinished) for this swap. The pattern is your choice, but the blocks should all be the same pattern. You may use different fabrics in each block if you want to use fabrics from your stash- but the pattern should be the same. Make one block for everyone- including yourself.
***For those of you participating in this year's Birthday Swap ("Ribbons" block)- you can bring Jan's blocks to the retreat and save yourself some postage! Jan's birthday is August 8th and the colors she selected for her block are: Light pink, Dark Pink, Light Gray, Dark Gray for the 'ribbons' and white on white for background
***Bring your completed MYSTERY QUILTS in which Sandy O shared clues- with assistance from Jackie O!
Overnight retreaters: (To reserve your room call 515-733-6363.)
Rhonda & JoAnn
Tressa & mom Janice
Marcia & Judy
Jackie, Nancy, & Joyce
Linda F (Jan's friend)